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the full catastrophe expression or saying

Everything; all of the thing we’re discussing


A: Have you finished the ironing?
B: Yes, the full catastrophe


From the 1964 film Zorba the Greek

Collected by

Naomi – 1970s
Naomi Iliff (King) – owner


The complete line is “Am I not a man? And is not a man stupid? I’m a man, so I’m married. Wife, children, house – everything. The full catastrophe.”

The line is included in the film’s soundtrack album, so was heard rather often. (It’s not in Nikos Kazantzakis’s 1946 book)

Submitted: 08/03/2022 by Mark

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